We are constantly looking for new and different films when it comes to bringing you the best in genre entertainment. Short films are often where you find the most exciting new filmmakers taking chances, yet most audiences don’t seek them out. With that in mind, we will be showcasing a short film each week in an effort to give a signal boost to shorts we enjoy. This week’s short is HUE QUILTED WINDOWNPANE.
I think it’s very easy for nostalgia to become toxic. A little wistfulness for the pop culture and lifestyle of a bygone era is not necessarily a bad thing, and clearly, works of art can still be appreciated hundreds, if not thousands of years later. But I think it is dangerous for people to fetishize the past at the expense of the present. The “good old days” actually weren’t always that good and trying to live in the past can only stunt growth and leave a person trapped in their own prison of false memories. That dark side to obsessive pop culture nostalgia is what writer/director Lasha Mowchun’s HUE QUILTED WINDOWNPANE is so good at exploring.
If semi-experimental dark comedy is your thing, there is plenty here to like. If you’re like me and have issues with how much misguided nostalgia seems to be turning appreciation for pop culture into ugly, combative factions of fandom, than the unexpected visual punchline to this film will speak volumes.
Special thanks to DAILY GRINDHOUSE contributor Rob Dean for bringing this one to my attention.
–Matt Wedge (@MovieNerdMatt)